Real World Speed
Performance profile from 243,939 user samples
59,224 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 65% 911GB free
Worst Bench: 18% 581GB free (System drive)
Poor: 18% Great: 65%
SPEED RANK: 334th / 1015
184,715 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 997GB free
Worst Bench: 57% 2.5TB free
Poor: 57% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 22nd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
48.5 % 90.5 % Hugely faster effective speed.
+87%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
85.5 MB/s 158 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
+85%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
83.9 MB/s 130 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+55%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.23 MB/s Much faster random read.
+76%
0.7 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
4.04 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+130%
1.76 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
50.8 MB/s 75.5 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+49%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.55 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+112%
0.73 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
82.3 MB/s 158 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
+92%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
115 MB/s 202 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+76%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
115 MB/s 175 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+52%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
2 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+122%
0.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
5.3 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+84%
2.88 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
66.4 MB/s 87.4 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+32%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
2.2 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+144%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
112 MB/s 201 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+79%
Market Share
Based on 40,658,207 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.18 % 0.62 % Hugely higher market share.
+244%
Value
Value For Money
10.9 % 62.5 % Hugely better value.
+474%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % 55 % +4%
Price
Price (score)
$89 $87 +2%
Age
Newest
102 Months More recent.
+15%
120 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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The Laptop (9.5mm) SSHD from Seagate has a 64MB Cache and like its younger sibling (Laptop Thin) comes equipped with 8GB of MLC NAND Flash. Apart from capacity and dimensions the specs for the two siblings are identical. At less than a year old the Laptop SSHD is relatively new, but like its smaller sibling its performance is unbalanced and favours small file IO. With average sequential speeds of 95 MB/s the Laptop SSHD lags the group leaders by over 50% at sequential IO. Small file 4K performance averages around 2 MB/s which is far better. Overall the Seagate Laptop SSHDs performance profile is skewed strongly towards small file IO. This, the 9.5mm 1TB version does represent better value for money than its smaller capacity 500GB sibling but neither of the drives are particularly strong sequential performers. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 2021 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark.
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - SkillBench (space shooter) tests user input accuracy.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
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